- Physical Therapist
- Nevada Physical Therapy
- Sports Medicine Complex, University of Nevada-Reno
- Reno, Nv 89507
- Instagram: Nevpt
- Tumblr: nevadapt.tumblr.com
Bachelor's in Biology from University of San Diego, minors in Chemistry and Philosophy, Doctorate in Physical Therapy with emphasis in Advanced Orthopedics from AT Still University at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, Mesa AZ. Primary training in Osteopathic Manual therapy through the Ursa Foundation (nowlinocedros.com), SFMA level 2 certified, Rocktape FMT 1 and 2 certified, Y-balance certified.
Athletic & Training Background
Currently competitive powerlifter in the 198lb/181lb classes, competing in both the USPA and USAPL, 1st place finish in the American Iron Powerlifting championships 2014, 2nd place finish 2015. World Qualifier for 2014 in USPA/IPL. Current Nevada State Bench Press USAPL Record Holder for 198lb weight class.
Current Involvement With Athletes as a Clinician
Co-Head Physical Therapist at University of Nevada-Reno, working with all Division 1 athletes with specialization in ACL reconstruction (recently updated and presented current ACL rehab theory at the PacMed Sports Med Symposium in Tracy, CA, protocol on website) and spinal injuries. Emphasis on SFMA instruction and complex barbell movements (deadlift and squat primarily) with all athletes.
My Story and Professional Philosophy
I am a Reno native, hard grown in the Nevada mountains, graduated with Honors from Bishop Manogue Catholic High School where I was a two-sport varsity letter athlete. From there I attended the University of San Diego, receiving a bachelors in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy in 2003. Finally, I completed my doctoral coursework in physical therapy at AT Still University at the Arizona School of Health Sciences with an emphasis in sports medicine and advanced orthopedics.
It was here I was able to complete an internship at Athlete's Performance with Sue Falsone, PT/ATC, better known as the history-making first female ATC in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and begin my pursuit of elite athletics.
In 2011, on the celebration of my 30th year on earth, I decided to challenge myself each year with a new physical task. This one being running the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, a 12-man, 178-mile relay through the alpine wooded glory that is Lake Tahoe. Not knowing what I was in for, I came in woefully undertrained and although a successful completion of the race, I was unhappy with my performance. I repeated the race with a much stronger training regiment in place (thank you google) the following year and PR'd my first two legs of the 3-leg race. And this is where it happened. One mile into the final leg, the wheels fell of the bus and I began to blister forcing me to run on the outside of my foot. By the end of the race, I was unable to weightbare. My good friend and elite strength coach Jason Kelske of gametimestrength.com finally had to sit me down and stage an intervention. "You are not a runner," he said. "You are built like a fire hydrant," he said. "Stop fighting your genetics," he said. Sidenote: as a clinician, I never want to stop someone from pursuing their athletic dreams. I could be a runner if I wanted to (said everyone, ever). But yeah, sometimes it's better to pursue your genetic predisposition. And it's a lot more fun. Jason began doing my programming and coaching in the fall of 2012, my first competition was the Camp Pendelton Open in San Clemente, CA. Watching beasts put up 1800lb totals and then cheering for guys like me in their first competition?? I was hooked. Since then I have competed in and won the American Iron Powerlifting Championships in 2014, finished second in the Nevada West Coast Classic where I set the USAPL Nevada State Bench Press Record in 2015 and was an IPL Worlds Qualifier in 2014 (and competitor). The next competition will be the USPA Metroflex Long Beach Open and hopefully will set the stage to qualify for the 2015 IPL World Powerlifting Championships in Vegas.
Professionally, I am one of the head physical therapists for Nevada Physical Therapy and the University of Nevada-Reno. We work with everyone from Division 1 athletes to general population, but specifically at the collegiate level we manage athletes in their immediate post-operative status, we manage complex spinal injuries, and we have recently re-written the ACL reconstruction protocol for the University with a heavy emphasis in complex barbell training (notably the deadlift). Our treatment philosophy can be summed up like this: we are a strong manual therapy clinic with techniques largely based off osteopathic physicians and manual medicine doctors (muscle energy, counterstrain, myofascial release, etc) with an overlap of progressive sports medicine theories such as the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (I am SFMA Level 2 certified), spine rehab concepts from Dr. Stuart McGill, Phd and implementation of barbell theory the likes of which would make Mark Rippetoe proud. I am Rocktape FMT 1 and 2 certified as well and use it daily with my athletes if appropriate. Fundamentally, we understand many of our clients are athletes, are in training and it isn't realistic to tell them to "just stop" or "take a break." While this may be the only course of action in rare cases, our systems often work so well that we can make considerable improvement without altering training cycles (or at least leaving them mostly intact). That is the key difference between being treated by a clinician and being treated by a clinician who is also an athlete. In short, we diagnose dysfunctional motion, not muscles and using manual techniques honed over years of study from established osteopathic physicians, set a platform for performance enhancement and movement reinforcement, and uniquely understand the needs of the competitive athlete.